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Friday PC game sales are all over the place

No time to waste; there's a lot of PC game sales to report on today:

Driver San Francisco due for release on August 30

Driver San Francisco has suffered through a few release date delays since being offically announced a year ago. Now it looks like publisher Ubisoft has finallly settled on a new date for its revival of the driving-action game series from developer Reflections Software.

Our sister site Joystiq reports that Ubisoft will release the game for the PC and Mac, along with other console platforms, on August 30 in the US. That's when we will get to see if this mix of car chasing game with some odd, almost supernatural, elements (your player character is in a coma and all the in-game action is inside his head) will work.

Call of Juarez: The Cartel trailer fights against drug lords

Call of Juarez has, as a series, stayed in the wild west. While The Cartel aims to move to a more modern setting, it's still a bit of a western. There's definitely a bit of thematic influence from the excellent No Country For Old Men, and the characters definitely remind us of the classic western archetypes. Besides that, this is entirely a stylistic trailer. Lots of cool cinematics and explosions, not much else.

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Trackmania 2 Canyon full trailer released; closed beta in July

After releasing a short and dark teaser trailer a few weeks ago, Ubisoft has finally released a full trailer for Trackmania 2 Canyon, the next game in developer Nadeo's racing game series. The trailer shows off a massive improvement in graphics for the game while still having the huge open air jumps, upside down loops and more that was a staple of the original Trackmania games.

Ubisoft has also issued a press release announcing that closed beta testing for Trackmania 2 Canyon will begin sometime in July. The game will include the map editor and other tools that will also be a part of the entire Maniaplanet service that was first announced last June at E3. The first person shooter game, Shootmania, will enter beta testing "in the coming months" while the RPG game Questmania will have its beta test "at a later date."

Saturday PC game sales include free games

It's the day before Easter and some download sites are offering some Easter-spring oriented sales events:
  • Impulse has Med of War: Red Tide on sale for today only for just $4.99.
  • Direct2Drive has the expansion pack Battlefield Bad Company 2 Vietnam on sale for today only for $7.49.
  • Telltale Games is holding its OMG Spring Sale. From now until May 2 nearly all of the stuff on Telltale's online store are on sale for 50 percent off. The sale exclude Back To The Future, Jurassic Park and Hector: Badge of Carnage.
  • Ubisoft's online store is offering a free game when you purchase any game from its web site and put in the promo code "rabbidsday" at check out from now until April 26. The free game can picked from the following list: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Hard Evidence, Far Cry 2: Fortunes Edition, James Cameron's Avatar: The Game, Prince of Persia Warrior Within, Rayman Raving Rabbids, or Voodoo Dice.

Might and Magic Heroes VI delayed to September 8

Fans of the Might and Magic franchise will have to wait a few more months than originally announced for the next entry in the series. Publisher Ubisoft has just announced that the turn-based strategy game Might and Magic Heroes VI will not make its previously announced June 21 release date.

Instead the game will now be coming out on September 8, according to an updated forum post on the game's official web site. The PC exclusive game, developed by Black Hole Games, was first announced last August at Gamescom. No reason for the new delay for the game's release was announced.

Trackmania 2 posts up teaser site and teaser trailer

While the team at developer Nadeo and publisher Ubisoft has been pretty quiet about the progress of the long awaited Trackmania 2, it looks like the door to more info about the racing game sequel is slowly opening up. Today a teaser site for the game, now apparently titled Trackmania 2 Canyon for some reason, has launched.

Along with the site comes the first teaser trailer for Trackmania 2, shown above, that's ...well, it doesn't show a lot at all. However the site does state that more info on the game will be revealed in the next issues of PC Gamer and Edge print magazine which should be coming in mid-May.

Driver: San Francisco now slated for September release

The long delayed Driver: San Francisco now has a slightly more firm release timetable. VG247.com reports that the driving-action game from publisher Ubisoft is now slated to come out sometime in September, according to a new release date schedule issued by the company.

First announced just before E3 2010, the next game in the long running series was demoed live at Ubisoft's E3 press event last June. Howeve the game, originally slated for release in the fall of 2010, got pushed back to the first quarter of 2011 and then to sometime in Ubisoft's 2012 fiscal year which began on April 1, 2011.

The Settlers 7 to get fourth DLC pack on Monday; free patch will add co-op mode

While it's not yet listed on the official Settlers 7 web site, the 2010 released fantasy strategy-sim game will be getting its fourth paid DLC expansion pack on Monday, according to a pre-order listing on the GamersGate web site. The DLC will cost $4.99 but will be free to download for owners of the Settlers 7 Gold Edition.

The DLC for the Blue Byte Software-Ubisoft game will add a new two player map (Forest Realm) along with two more maps, Tower Island and Throne of the Kings, that have been made especially for the game's new co-op mode. That new mode will be made available for free via an upcoming patch update that will allow all players and all maps to have access to the co-op mode. This new gameplay mode will allow players to share things like technology, trade posts and victory points with his or her team partner along with sending resources and goods to each other.

Anno 2070 trailer ushers in a new era


The Anno games are known for being excellent economic simulations in the same vein as Settlers, but the latest in the series is taking a decidedly different turn. Rather than being set in the era of European expansionism, Anno 2070 takes place far in the future. This trailer gives a glimpse at the new content, and hints at new play styles (consumerism versus conservationism), but it doesn't really show anything we can identify with. Besides some excellent artwork, of course!

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